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Ottawa police, OPP out in full force for Victoria Day long weekend

Not only will cops be on the roads to ensure safety, but on waterways as well.

With May two-four weekend bringing hot temperatures to the capital, Ottawa police and OPP say they will be out in full force.

Not only will cops be out on the roads, but on the waterways as well, to ensure road and water safety.

OPP started patrolling the roads on Friday, May 20, and already had reported a driver speeding 72 km over the limit on Highway 7 in Madoc, just an hour southwest of Perth.

The driver was charged with stunt driving and their licence was suspended for 30 days and their vehicle impounded for 14 days.

Ottawa police launched their annual initiative, Project NoiseMaker, on Friday, May 13.

During that initial blitz, cops issued 20 tickets for speeding, including three for failing to stop at a red light in Barrhaven.

In 2020, the total number of stunt driving charges were 78 and by 2021, that number increased to 157. Last year alone, close to 1,200 speeding and 175 improper muffler/excessive noise-related fines were issued. 

Police say they stop an average of ten stunt drivers each week.

No numbers have been released by police yet in terms of tickets issued or number of drivers nabbed during the first day of the Victoria Day long weekend.

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